How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding – Book 25

How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding is a book focusing on some strong and sexy girls who work to defeat the Nazis.  What could be better than that?

How Angels Die is a novel about two strong sisters who are part of the French Resistance Movement that works to stop the Nazis who have invaded their country.  Claire is the younger sister and is very rebellious.  Her way of stopping the Nazis is by going on raids and murdering them.  Monique, the older sister, seduces the high-ranking Nazis in order to loosen their lips with pillow talk, and then passes on pertinent information to the Resistance.

Both girls set about the same purpose, but the varied ways in which they resist tears apart the family and their friendship.  Claire and her father believe that Monique is as good as a prostitute, and that she is not doing the resistance any favors by sleeping with Nazis.  Monique and her mother believe that Claire is too brazen and will be killed in battle that is unnecessary.

When Monique meets a German soldier named Pieter, both individuals, and the Resistance, get more than they bargained for.

The book was phenomenal.  I liked that the main characters were two strong women who fought for what they believed in, and while they argued as sisters will (I know from experience, right Deborah?), they maintained the familial bond until the end.

I’m not a romantic, nor do I like to read romance novels, but the romance between Monique and Pieter was a plot twist that was a little reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, without being too much.  However, I do think that Harding could have chosen a synonym for the word “lovers,” which permeated the beginning of the book a little too much for my taste.

The ending shocked me beyond belief.  Some of the ending I saw coming, but most of it took me by surprise, and had me crying with both sadness, and then happiness.

Harding was witty at times, with stinging lines such as: “As often happens to those who find themselves astride a fence, they would eventually take a hard hit to the groin” (p. 33).

I loved how many connections there were amongst the characters.  Even the smallest character had a significant purpose in the story, many times had multiple purposes.  The story was cyclical as well in many aspects (although I can’t share them with you or I would be giving away some spoilers)!

I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest opinion.  However, when I say that How Angels Die was one of the most compelling books I have read in a while, I mean it.  The book does contain instances of blatant sex, murder, and rape.  If you can handle that, then I believe this historical fiction book is a read many would enjoy.



17 thoughts on “How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding – Book 25

    • Thank you for the compliment!

      While there is some crude humor, it’s few and far between. More like witty comments. Also, the violence is not overly descriptive, so while there is violence and there are murders, it’s not disturbing to read about.

      BTW, I’m sure you could tell (since I comment almost every time you post) but I love your website as well!


  1. I love your review. The storyline reminds me a bit of the movie called “Black Book”, a movie about an “epic-scale war drama: between the Germans and Jews.Rachel’s (the main character of the movie) family get killed by the Germans but she obviously escapes. She is then asked to use her feminine charms to persuade a German commander to arrange for the release of the leader of the Dutch Resistance movement’s son. But she gets caught up living a double life and becomes a sexual plaything for the Nazis while attempting to bring down their evil empire as a spy. The movie is English subtitled as the spoken language from the actors are Hebrew, Dutch and German. So “How Angels Die” kinda gives me the same feel… Thanks for introducing this novel. I would sure put it on my list of “next on my list” to read. 🙂


    • That sounds like a very interesting movie! I have only watched a few movies with subtitles, but it sounds like it would be worthwhile to do it for this one! I will have to see if I can find the movie anywhere, since movie rental stores are almost impossible to find!


      • I agree with movie rentals, especially difficult to get hold of nouveau movies… Once again, thank you for your lovely post. Book blogs is a great way to learn about the ‘existence’ of other books. And more so when someone writes about books so lovely like you do.


        • Thank you! I’m no writer, but I try to write in the same conversational tone that I would use when chatting with friends! 🙂


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  3. Another to read. I find historical fiction interesting, and from your review it sounds to me like this one has an element of intrigue. Perfect combination for me!


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  5. Hi Rebecca!
    I’ve just finished the book two hours ago and I loved it.
    It has been cruel, as war is, but I really liked it. Everything is very descriptive so you get hooked on the characters, although I think that the romance between Monique and Pieter could be more elaborated (in my opinion). But it was an almost emerging love and that was alright.
    I suffered at the end, I have to say, but I really enjoyed the whole story.
    Paul and Valerie’s story would be from now one of my favourites 😦

    I have to say thank you again for the book!!


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